Discussion Groups

Titles are available at the circulation desk. New members are always welcome to any group. Registration is not required, unless noted.

Page Turners

1st Tuesday* of the Month at 1pm
This lively discussion group typically meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of non-fiction and classics–with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. This group runs September through June. Registration is not required and drop-ins are welcome. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]

Upcoming Books & Meetings (Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month except when noted by *)

February 5, 2019

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Available on: Hoopla AudioOverdrive E-bookOverdrive Audio

March 5, 2019

Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue – Available on: Overdrive E-book

April 2, 2019

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (Nonfiction) – Available on: Overdrive E-book

May 7, 2019

Afternoon Tea and Summer Reading Book Swap

June 4, 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman – Available on: Overdrive E-bookOverdrive Audio

Novel Conversations

1st Tuesday* of the Month at 7pm
Our new, evening discussion group is geared toward those who work during the day and are unable to attend a daytime book club. Typically, the group meets for a casual hour-long discussion on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. The reading selections are mostly fiction choices–with a sprinkling of nonfiction and classics–with an emphasis on books appealing to an eclectic taste as well as those with interesting points of discussion. This group runs September through June. All are welcome, anytime. No registration is required. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion. For more information contact: Tamara Dalton [email protected]

Upcoming Books & Meetings (Meetings are on the first Tuesday of each month except when noted by *)

February 5, 2019

News of the World, by Paulette Jiles – Available on: Overdrive E-book

March 5, 2019

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald – Available on: Hoopla AudioOverdrive E-bookOverdrive Audio

April 2, 2019

Behold the Dreamers, by Imbolo Mbue – Available on: Overdrive E-book

May 7, 2019

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah (Nonfiction) – Available on: Overdrive E-book

June 4, 2019

Coffee & Dessert and Summer Reading Book Swap

September 2019

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman – Available on: Overdrive E-bookOverdrive Audio

Insatiable Readers

2nd Thursday of the month at 7pm

Spend an enjoyable evening at the Norfolk Public Library with people who share similar interests and are passionate about reading. Formerly the History Book Discussion Group, this participant-run adult discussion group focuses on non-fiction selections, with some historical fiction titles thrown in, that are of both historical and contemporary interest. New members are always welcome to attend. Copies of the discussion book are available in the library to check out at the circulation desk a month prior to discussion.

This group typically meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the Schoolhouse. This group runs September through June.

For more information contact: Jane Hoffman, [email protected]

February 14, 2019

Andrew Jackson and the Miracle of New Orleans: The Battle That Shaped America’s Destiny by Brian Kilmeade

Great Decisions

3rd Thursday of the month at 7pm

Developed by the Foreign Policy Association, the Great Decisions Discussion Program is designed to bring millions of Americans together in study groups to discuss, debate and learn about compelling issues of the day. Prepare for the discussion by viewing a short video, reading a few brief articles, then discussing and debating timely national and international issues.

For more information contact: Ralphael Maliakal        [email protected]

The new 2019 Great Decisions book is available at the circulation desk.

Read It and Eat It

Every 6 weeks at 7pm. Registration is required. Please check the calendar for specific dates. 
Join others who share a passion for cookbooks to discuss and sample the fares of some of today’s more celebrated cookbook titles. Although bringing a prepared dish is not required, it is encouraged. Check the event calendar for specific dates. Titles will be available at the circulation desk weeks ahead of the meeting. For more information contact Sarah Ward, [email protected]

March 7, 2019: Thomas Keller

Word of Mouth

2nd Tuesday* of the month at 2pm
Have you read any good books lately? Stop by and share with this informal gathering. Listen to the picks and pans of this avid group of readers. At the end of the season, we’ll vote for our favorite books!

Taste of Poetry

2nd Tuesday* of the month at 12pm 
Bring your lunch and an appetite for poetry. Each month we look at a few poems by a well-known poet. We provide copies of the poems – no need to read anything in advance – and lead a discussion after reading them.

*Unless otherwise noted

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